...Large-Scale Multiplayer Combat, New Light-Powered Legends Characters and an All-New Weapon.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,438 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

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"A pretty good MMO in which you create a superhero, the graphics aren't incredible and is has a million expansions that aren't free unfortunately."

About This Game

DC Universe™ Online is a Free-to-Play, massive multiplayer online action game set in the popular DC Comics universe. Create your own powerful Hero or Villain and experience true action combat as you fight alongside and against legendary characters such as Batman, Superman and The Joker. Play for free now!

Key Features

  • Experience the power of visceral combat where you control every blow your character strikes, delivering a level of action that is unparalleled in the MMO segment.
  • Choose your side, superhero or villain, as you battle to save or conquer the universe
  • Fight alongside or against your favorite DC heroes and villains including Batman, The Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman and others…The next legend is YOU!
  • Experience the intensity of a world created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee.
  • Take advantage of the state-of-the-art physics engine and use objects in the world around you as weapons, including even your enemies!
  • Players will create their own DC-style hero or villain, each with a unique look and combination of superpowers.
  • Embark on heroic or villainous story-driven adventures penned by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.
  • Gameplay is optimized for both the PS3 computer entertainment system and PC.
  • Explore the DC Universe; walk the darkened streets of Gotham City, investigate the mysteries of the futuristic cityscape of Metropolis and travel to legendary locations including Arkham Asylum and the Justice League of America Watchtower.
DC Universe Online is free to play, your way® – including *Legendary Membership access which includes more features and options, including extra character slots, expanded inventory, free access to DLC Packs, and unlimited cash balances (visit the DCUO website for full details).

*Optional content available for purchase.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
    • Processor: P4 3.0GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 30 GB of Free Hard Drive Space
    • Video: NVIDIA 7800GTX+ or ATI 1950+ Video Card
    • Audio: on Board
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
DC Universe is probably one of the best super hero themed games I've played. The graphics are great with a fast paced combat system that's insanly fun and the customazation of outfits is one of the best I've seen all while exploring and kicking ♥♥♥ in the in the DC Universe. However what put me off the most and the reason I just cannot recommend it is because of it's laughable free to play model your money is caped at a mer 2000 with any cash that is earned exceeding said cap becomes locked to you unless you pay to increase the cap trading with other players is none existent to you unless you pay and don't even think about useing the mail system with out shoveling out some dough. Want to work to max level and get the best gear? Sorry you have to pay for that also and finding a decent guild will be near to impossible because guilds only look for subcription players. When I first begain my first few hours of playing I had every intention of handing over some of my cash to suppose this game and it's company but after I seen how much of a low blow the free model is I I just can't bring myself to even continue playing.
Posted: October 3
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
603.8 hrs on record
Though I'm familar enough with the DC Universe from a pop culture perspective, DCUO was an outstanding 'educational' experience, putting me in the middle of massive DC lore. I learned a lot about characters and locales that I've only ever given a passing glance. The graphics are pretty nice in a optimized sort of way. There is quite a bit of varability to your character, though extremely simplified from more traditional RPG's. The F2P aspect really doesn't hurt you too much until you've reached end game levels and are finding yourself bored. At this point, you either decide to move on to something else or start plunking down for DLC, which will include additional character options, maps/arenas and storylines. Unless you jump, head first, into the end game content, the community really doesn't do much with you. You can join a league, but from beginning to entry level raiding, you aren't really worth the time for anything helpful. The 1-30 run can be handled solo, with the occassional interaction with the community, so if you're there, just to see the sights, it's well worth the venture.

Pros:
Lots of DC history.
Easy to learn gameplay.
Graphics work well from medium to higher end systems.
Lots of DLC, if interested.

Cons:
The community snubs it's nose at F2P'ers.
You only have Gotham and Metropolis as open world content. The rest is instance play.
You are relatively limited in character builds unless you purchase DLC.
Little to no viable end game content for F2P'ers. Pony up $$ if you want to keep advancing.
Posted: September 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
A great mmo and fun combat/style. If looking for a super hero based mmo game to play solo or with friends then this game is it. Granted some bugs are there, but if overlooked this game is actually great and satisfying in the end. If intrested to reach the highest tier, then paying for legendary or the montly subscription is required. Other than that you will get very far in DCUO as a free member(basic) or premium member once purchased any DLC. Free members are limited in cash at 1000, while premium is 2000. This seems ok at first, but the pull of unlimited cash for legendary sub is enticing as the in game market for purchasing items from other players can be much much higher than what you have. Also, be wary of trading with other people in game without using the market as the chance of being scammed is high. Other than this, while there are negatives I've had fun memories with this game while gaming on my recent now traded in PS4 and currently owned/played on PC. I just wish you can use the same account on both platforms though. Overall, DCUO is worth the try and time and the PC community is the best out of the platforms. I've had my share of not so pleasent people on the console community. Ironic that the heroes on the PS4 console can be arrogant and trollsome compared to the villians. But anyways, that is from experience, even in that the times spent on PC have been much better as everyone who plays, they play for the fun and experience of the world DC had created and the community is quite helpful when needing help. DCUO based on fond memories gets a 8.5 out of 10. I will miss the game as I move forward to others games.
Posted: October 24
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
232.5 hrs on record
DC Universe Online is a super-hero MMO that makes you feel you're the next Superman or Wonder Woman as you're a hero helping your comrades against the opposition and the main threat, Brainiac.

The story brings an underrated villain, Brainiac, into the Hero vs Villain fray and decides to start destroying Earth after he obtains all bits of intelligence (which also means humans). Lex Luthor, who saw Brainiac invading, left the rest behind to be destroyed and travelled to the past, warning the present heroes of the upcoming threat. Using Exobytes, technology stolen from Brainiac that was stolen from the heroes and villains of the future, he allowed the entire of Metropolis and Gotham to have superpowers to defeat Brainiac.

Aside from the story, the gameplay is very diverse and gives you plenty of opportunities to display yourself. In character creation, you choose from plenty of powers (some requiring DLCs), weapons (one currently requiring DLC), and three movement modes (Flying, Super Speed, and Acrobatics). You can also choose side, personality, and mentor. Choosing a side means you're either a hero or a villain. Your personality reflects how your presence affects other players (how they think of you), and mentor (which kind of hero/villain you are). Depending on mentor, you can be a magic, meta, or tech character, and you will do two mentor quests in the entirety of the story (which is not much, but it's better than listening to Oracle or the Calculator all the time) and fight the nemesis of your mentor (Lex Luthor, Circe, or Joker). The story in this game is pretty much known to the community as the tutorial. It shows you around, has you geared up, and ready for the main part of the game: Increasing combat rating or PvP combat rating.

On the topic of PvP, there are five kinds of ways to PvP: Worldwide PK (PvP phase), Ring War/Diamond Heist, Arena PvP, Legends PvP, and duels. Dueling, at this point, only helps with a few feats, the most you'll get feat-wise would be Arena or Legends PvP. Legends PvP is different to the others as you use a character from the Legends roster. You can be Doctor Fate, Kyle Rayner...heck, even Classic Batman in Legends PvP (note that gear and traits won't make you better in this kind of PvP).

Now on to feats. Feats are like achievements, but they actually account for something. Feats come with feat points: the harder the feat, the more points you earn. Every 100 feat points will earn you a Skill Point (so you don't feel like you're stuck with 15 SP the entire game). The more feats you do, the more skill points you earn, and the easier for you to increase combat effectiveness.

The next point to note is alerts/raids/duos/solos. These are pretty much dungeons/instances where you go and do missions related to the instance to earn Marks of Triumph (later tiers will have something different). The higher the tier, the more Marks of Triumph you will earn, and an added bonus if you complete ones with a star beside them. Duos and solos can be fairly easy, as you can do them seperately from your peers, but alerts/raids require you to engage in strategic fights with your allies. If you're not able to engage in conversation and strategize, you won't make it far.

The only issue I have with this game, for personal reasons, are the DLCs. Understandably, they do need a way to earn a profit, however to make a game Pay 2 Win (P2W), is a fairly bad way of making a profit. To engage in anything from tier 4 and up will require legendary membership or the purchase of certain DLCs to be involved. Other than that, if you do get a DLC, you're treated to it's benefits.

Pros:
• Original story
• Nostalgic characters
• Legendary voice-acting (especially Mark Hamill's Joker voice)
• Immersive and enjoyable gameplay
• Engaging and strategic boss battles
• Near-infinite customization possibilities

Cons:
• Pay 2 Win
• Spawn killing can be abused in PvP
• Friendly mobs involved in a mission can be killed by enemy players (which leads to delays in progress)
• Spawn killing while in PvP phase
• PvP isn't exactly balanced
• A few bugs here and there (like Cape Carmine Lighthouse lvl 9 mission on solo, being very hard to complete)

Conclusion: I would recommend this game for the fans of the DC comics and for those who just love to enjoy a taste of being a superhero or supervillain. If any of you read this and require assistance in-game, do feel free to message me if you're on USPC. ~Permafrost Imp
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Overall this game is great but if you dont pay money the game isnt as good as its supposed to be. i recommend playing it tho :P.
Posted: October 9
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Great MMO and one of the better free ones, really enjoying it so far
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
476.3 hrs on record
Had a great time in this game, I didn't care about anything DC related going into this, but I've come to dig it a lot :]
good times great oldies.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Great Game!!!
Posted: October 16
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
61.0 hrs on record
great game u i cant stop playing on it sometimes
Posted: October 4
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
47.5 hrs on record
I love MMOs, and I love comics, but this game... it had such potential. With a stable like DC and the Justice League behind it, this should have been the end-all of comic MMOs. But, sadly, the super-ball was dropped.

Setup is easy, character creation is easy- about the only difficult thing is leaving the game to patch overnight and then trying to find a character name that isn't sitting unused on someone's account. That, however, is where the feeling of making your own hero ends.

The story starts up- Lex Luthor has come from the future, spinning a tale of a universe subjugated by Brainiac, and he's brought gifts for everyone- exobytes that end up infecting hundreds of thousands of people with superpowers (the PCs). The Justice League is asked to train the heroes, and the Legion of Evil is tapped to train new supervillains.

What that essentially means is you get tagged to handle everything that they feel is beneath them- you never really get to feel like a hero or villain- instead of Batman, you'll get to be one of the Robins, but in a different costume. You get told to go here and help someone- it just doesn't feel like you get to be the hero or the villain- instead, you're a piece on a board that both sides are playing off against each other. Think of it like three-sided chess- the heroes and villains battle each other, but both know that if Brainiac wins, everyone's out of luck.

Honestly, there's a solid game in here, but the presentation needs a lot of work- if I want to be a hero, I don't want to be treated like the sidekick- I want to get out there and save the day from villains, not clean up their mooks and wait for some other hero or villain to swoop in and finish the job.

If the DC thing is important, grab this. If not, grab Champions Online. Simple as that.
Posted: October 5
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
169.5 hrs on record
Thought it might fill the void left by City of Heroes. Pretty looking game, but not my cup of tea. Granted, I'm not much of a DC Comics fan. Either way, I found the power sets weren't that great or creative. Missions were typical of MMORPGs. Some may love it, especially fans of DC Comics.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
239.3 hrs on record
one of the best free MMo games i ever played
Posted: October 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
I like the game, some few bugs and glitches here and there, but are fixabe by yourself most of the time. The game I think is really good, but could use some more direction, some of the quests are hard to find or hard to finish even if your just looking for someone, but otherwise from that the character costumization is excellent, the closest you'll see to someone like you is maybe the same Chest or Arms. This game should at least have a free trial of membership because almost everything is a membership needed in this game, you can still go through the story and go everywhere, you just cant do some of the other suff. There should be where your rolemodel may be a diffrent hero (even tho I get how they put the last 3 hero's as your able mentor) but then they just put every hero in the watch tower and not dead? I dont get it, but there must be some reason for that.

Otherwise from everything I said I'd say the game is a 8/10, I havent finished it so I didnt do a full report, but I still have about 24 hours STRAIGHT so far into this game and I havent stopped playing yet.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
An MMO that doesn't shout, GIVE ME MONEY at you? What sorcery is this?

This game has many thigns to do, whether your a member or not. While you can pay for additional features, you can still play through the game without paying a penny and still enjoy yourself.

It has in-depth character customisation, a loot/rarity system, quests, PVP, everything a good MMO should have. It is a big download but it is truly worth it, with hours of entertaining gameplay, storyline and the occasional cutsecene. For fans of MMORPGs, Comic books and Free games, this is definitely a game for you!

9/10
Posted: September 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
41.6 hrs on record
8.5/10
Posted: September 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
59.1 hrs on record
dam good game paly dam good prijs base game if free
Posted: October 18
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
After downloading this game i couldnt play it... When it finally downloaded the launcher opened and installed fine, but when i hit play it said playing, and nothing happened. I went on the forums to see what was going on and nothing worked. I tryed again and it still didnt work!
Posted: September 29
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
116.6 hrs on record
The grind is not enjoyable, not a fun experience to get the gear you need to enjoy the game's contents.
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Hear me out.. I wouldn't reccommend this to a friend, but it's a good game and has some rather nifty aspects to it. But it's one of those games that unless you get started within the first few months of its release, you get left in the dust.
Posted: October 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Being a superhero is all about being unique but this game doesn't make you feel that way at all. You do the same quests as everyone else and its extremely repetitive. The graphics are good, the maps are good, but the limited skills and the lack of unique experiences make for very uninteresting gameplay. An amazing concept, but poorly executed. This is simply an MMO wearing spandex.
Posted: October 9
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